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Clayton was literally built with shopping in mind. Most of downtown was constructed in the late 19th century to meet the needs of shoppers coming from both land and water.
A leisurely stroll down our main streets brings you to an array of unique shops including clothing boutiques, jewelry shops, as well as shops offering 1000 Islands collectibles to take home as a keepsake.
Maybe you are looking to take home a taste of the 1000 Islands from one of several gourmet food emporiums including “River Rat” Cheese or a bottle of the famous “Original” Thousand Islands Dressing that was created right here.
Be sure to look up while you stroll our main streets. The upper stories share attractive architectural features- window crowns, and cast-iron cornices. If you are interested in architecture, be sure to pop into the Chamber of Commerce for their walking tour brochure. It’s a self-guided passport into the intriguing history and charm of Clayton’s commercial buildings, homes and churches.
Thousand Islands Arts Center~Home of the Handweaving MuseumThousand Islands Arts Center~Home of the Handweaving Museum
The Thousand Islands Arts Center ~ Home of the Handweaving Museum located in an historic village building on John Street brings the visual arts alive in the 1000 Islands through art instruction and exhibitions. The Arts Center also offers exciting classes for all ages throughout the year. Learn to draw, paint, weave, work with clay, and much more by taking one of its over 100 classes. Tour their galleries of ever-changing exhibitions that showcase the work of regional and national artists or pieces from the museum’s permanent collection of hand-woven textiles and rare spinning and weaving tools. The Arts Center also hosts several of the region’s most popular annual events including perennial favorites such as the Antique Show and Sale and the Arts and Crafts Show, both in August.
314 John Street Clayton NY 13624